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Construction Inspectors monitor materials, workmanship, and building codes that are critical to a building’s structure. A Construction inspector is responsible for examining buildings to make sure that they conform within building code. Building codes tend to change frequently so inspectors spend a great deal of time keeping up on the latest additions, alterations and removals to the building code to be able to judge buildings to proper standard.

Length5 periods of 1200 hours
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and
dependants after 360 hours worked (initial eligibility)
/$1.60 per hour for paid time off from date of hire.
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduation or GED/Equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be physically able to perform the
work of the trade
Additional requirementsValid California Driver’s License
Applicant must pass a drug test
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Written or oral entry examsYes oral and written exams
Subjects studied by ApprenticesCalifornia & International Building Codes for:
Nuclear Gauge
ACI Concrete
Structural Masonry
Reinforced Concrete
Prestressed & Post-Tension Concrete
Structural Steel & Bolting
Construction Plan Reading
Soils Technology


Contact: Northern California Construction Inspector J.A.C. 1620 South Loop Alameda, CA 94502 Joanie Thornton Apprenticeship Administrator.

Applications:  Attend a mandatory one-hour informational orientation outlining the Construction, Inspector educational program, and the apprenticeship application process. Monthly orientations are available – construction inspection apprenticeship

How do new apprentices get their first job?  Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list or receive “direct entry” if a selected graduate of an approved pre-apprenticeship program.

Additional information: Northern California Construction Inspector.